Finding the right business payment solution can be challenging! There are many business payment solutions available today. Many of these options are tailored to a specific niche because of the diverse payment preferences influenced by age groups, types of businesses, and technologies. With these different options, it can be challenging to choose the right payment processing solution for your business. However, making the wrong choice can be costly, considering all the expenses involved in shifting to a new provider.

It’s why merchants must first consider the needs of their businesses before selecting a payment processor. When assessing, we advise that you not only your immediate needs but long-term goals. You should choose a processor offering flexible options and keeps up with the changing technologies. When you have an idea of what your business requires, then you can begin reviewing different options. Here are some things to consider when choosing a payment solution for your business.

1. Ease of Setting up and Maintenance

It should be easy to get started with your business payment provider. Therefore, ensure their merchant setup and training is thorough and easy to onboard. If you can’t take these steps easily, they can become hidden costs. This also applies to maintenance. Troubleshooting your payments constantly wastes the time that you’d have otherwise spent focusing on your business. If this is the case, consider shifting to a better processor.

2. Consider Processing Fees

When you pay more money for processing than needed, your profit reduces. We, therefore, recommend doing research independently to find a processor that offers competitive and transparent rates. Apart from processing charges, there are also other hidden fees that a processor can charge.

Be sure you know the in’s and out’s of the following potential costs:

  • Not reaching a monthly minimum
  • Early termination penalties
  • Terminal and other leased equipment fees
  • PCI non-compliance fines

Note, not all fees are bad. But knowing what they are and which are negotiable beforehand is important before signing with any processor.

3. Excellent Customer Support

Even with the best processors, problems can still crop up. In such cases, you would want a provider who can quickly solve the issues for you. Consider a service provider that is easily reachable 24/7. Additionally, it’s also wise that you review their channels of communications. While emails are okay for most issues in case of an urgent issue, talking to a live person via chat or call will be better. Good customer support is hard to find these days – be sure to find a merchant service provider that can handle your concerns professionally, immediately, and with a smile.

4. Provides Payment Security

Statistics show that many people don’t proceed to make an online payment because of security concerns. In this age where fraud is on the rise, many consumers are reluctant to give their credit card details to websites. However, assuring customers that their data is safe and secure will help increase conversion and, ultimately, sales. It’s why merchants need to pick a provider offering secure, advanced, and encrypted payment processing.

If your business accepts credit and debit cards, you must obey PCI compliance standards. These can be cumbersome and confusing to deploy. Working with a reputable processor that offers an already compliant solution shifts many of the responsibilities off your immediate shoulders. Companies should also consider processors that can safeguard payments from their customers using the latest data security. Therefore, check whether a business processor takes advantage of point-to-point encryption, tokenization, and other fraud management tools.

Final Thoughts

Processing payment is an integral part of your business. Therefore, take time researching to ensure that you choose the right provider for you and your customers. Compare different solutions and understand the pros and cons of each before settling on any. If your current merchant solution isn’t meeting your needs, we’d love to work with you to create the perfect payment for your business. For over a decade, Payment Savvy has been a trusted industry leader for mid to high-risk merchant services. From fee-free payments to all-in-done business solutions, we look forward to helping your business succeed!

Charged with ensuring our prospects and customers always receive an A+ experience, Lauren comes to Payment Savvy with skill-set that is second to none. Having spent over a decade in the accounting realm, she diligently works to guarantee our clientele obtains excellent payment solutions and customer support. With additional experience in sales and marketing, Lauren’s well-rounded expertise makes her an invaluable part of our Savvy Squad. She is a regular staple at trade shows and conventions across the country, next time you see her – stop by and say hello! We promise she doesn’t bite!